Yesterday, among the six libraries I visited, I checked out this Celtic story
in the Bod. I had to order this book
specially, but in fact it was the 1969-70 European Cup second round. Celtic vs Benfica were tied 3-3 AET after the second leg in Portugal (26th Nov 1969). Details of the subsequent coin-toss are on page 96.
Anyway, today I've been looking for examples of penalty shoot outs condemned as 'lotteries'. I know it happens, it's widely on the internet, but I wish I'd kept some newspaper cuttings... So far, I have:
This BBC debate
(which amazingly asks 'Is it fair, or is it just a lottery?') and their guide to surviving shoot-outs
, which at least puts inverted commas around the "lottery".
After some recent proposals to replace draws with shoot-outs
, this article
in The Observer
asks "If solid, organised defending has kept a talented attacking side at bay for 90 minutes, why insult that achievement with the lottery of a shoot-out?", while this comment
on The Guardian
blog claims "The suggestion that draws should be concluded by penalties is unjust as it makes football too much of a lottery".This article
on the FA website even seems to put Liverpool's amazing fifth Champions League win down to the 'penalty lottery', rather than an amazing three goal fight-back and top class save.
Interestingly, those in the know already deny the common claim - this site
points out penalties replaced literal lotteries while this one
suggests skill actually plays a part.
Labels: football, links, lotteries, thesis